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This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Pros: * Low noise
* Lots of fans, keeps it cool
* Adjustable fan speed switches
* Useful placement of front panel USB and audio ports
Runs very cool, very quiet. I've been buying antec cases for a while now, and this one is pretty good.
Cons: * The hard drive cages that have the fan in them are kind of a pain to deal with
* If you plan on having a lot of cords or hard drives, prepare for a battle, it gets kind of cramped!
As a side note, the front fans got kind of noisy when I filled the cages with all three of my drives. I'm not sure if this is because there's so much weight now or if it's something else. It's a sort of low level buzzing and I have sensitive ears.
These cons weren't really enough of a problem to dock an egg.
Other Thoughts: I think my top fan was supposed to have blue lights in them... and it has the holes to actually shine them out.... but there's no blue. Not a big deal. The fan works and that's all that matters to me!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z87-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: * Lots of customization in the bios
* Bluetooth and wifi on-board (I only plan on using the bluetooth)
* Built-in overclocking switches
* Worked with all my components right away
* Great Linux support (Fedora 20+)
Cons: For whatever reason, using the TPU II switch causes Windows setup to throw a "machine_check_exception". The only way around it was to set it to 1. I sadly had to dock an egg for that because it was a huge waste of time for me to discover THAT was the reason why I couldn't get windows installed.
I was able to install Linux perfectly fine though.
Other Thoughts: Newegg needs to either stop being selective on their RMA requests or revise their replacement policy. I had a board come in that had bent pins and the customer service department said I was trying to return it (I was trying to get a replacement) and said I damaged it. This led to HUGE amount of frustration when they said they'd give me store credit to buy a new board... which I wouldn't have got till Tuesday that next week. Basically, I got third class service, and apparently the only way to get things done the right way is to complain on their facebook page.
That's actually very depressing and I expect better from Newegg. The multiple times my family has RMA'd motherboards for replacements, they got their replacements no questions asked. Loyal customers (for me, since 2006) get treated a much more negative way than new-ish customers.
If you happen to get a bad board, RMA it with Asus. Dealing with newegg will be the biggest mistake you'll ever make. Trust me on that.
Pros: * Lots of spacee
* Pretty fast for a platter drive
Cons: I bought two of these drives and I'm not sure if's the motherboard (Z87) or the drives. But both drives act REALLY wonky. To the point that when a hard drive operation is to occur, everything goes to a complete stand still. And when it finally decides to go, I hear clicking like it's powering on, though it's been powered on and moving this whole time.
Other Thoughts: Two seagates in a row that acted like this to me in the same order. That's rare for me, but things happen. I may have to see about the warranty.READ FULL REVIEW